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Why are career goals important?

I'm 18 and trying to decide on a career goal. #career-choice #job #animation

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Katherine’s Answer

Hi Allen, Without a goal it's sometimes hard to make decision. Depending on the career you want to pursue, some careers require more work than others (certifications or licenses for example).

Goals don't always need to be very specific. You can ask yourself where you want to be and what are a few paths to get there? Give yourself some flexibility and options to have movement. Many of us start and end in places where we could not have imagined.

At some point, you'll also start weighing personal, professional, monetary, and family goals. It's incredibly important to also remember that career is just one part of your life and what makes you!
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Alessia’s Answer

In my experience goals have enabled me to do more and be better. They make you more disciplined with your time because if you have a goal you then work your way backwards planning your time to ensure you reach it. Without goals it is easier to get caught in the moment and not achieve as much.
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Eva’s Answer

Hi Allen!
Generally, for everything you do in life, having goals is important and key to have a vision; a plan to be focused on. When you are choosing your career, you need to evaluate yourself and know what you enjoy doing. Then, you need to know what is your purpose doing so, where you want to go, who you want to be. Goals help you to set up a plan and understand what you need to do and accomplish to reach that goal.

You can also have a main goal and divided in milestones that can set your path to reach the main one. The most important thing is to enjoy the journey! You will find obstacles that might make you change the path slightly, but don't give up; never lose your focus on the main goal, even if you have to make adjustments. If you have a goal, " a vision", you will find the way to go back on track and reach it because that will be your north!

Don't forget this: Goals without a plan are just dreams.

Warm regards,

Eva
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Pro’s Answer

If you have multiple interests you might try an Interdisciplinary, Liberal Studies, or General Studies major, that will let you combine multiple interests. Or an Individually Designed major that you can even name yourself.
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Katie’s Answer

I feel goals that follow the SMART method (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely) allows individuals to ensure that they have fully thought out their goal and the steps necessary to achieve it. Goals also aren't set in stone, especially career goals. With experience, you will be able to tailor and adjust your goals as needed to continue moving towards what you would like to achieve.
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